adj.   First-known usage: 14th century.    n. opprobriousness


1. Expressing scorn, contemptuous reproach.

2. Disgrace; shameful or infamous.


First known usage: 14th century


Example of usage – from C.S. Lewis’s Studies in Words


The purpose of all opprobrious language is, not to describe, but to hurt — even when, like Hamlet, we make only the shadow-passes of a soliloquised combat. We call the enemy not what we think he is but what we think he would least like to be called.